Hana Kaur Mangat, a thirteen-year-old from Potomac, Maryland, discusses a movie she and others made to educate about Sikhism called “Sikh Kid to Kid”: “It’s all kids, because it’s directed toward kids,” Hana said. “I think kids would be more intrigued by other kids rather than by having adults explain (Sikhism) to them.” Read more at the Maryland Gazette.
In a thought-provoking article, Jodha, at the blog The Langar Hall, discusses the recent framing of Sikhism as a “peaceful” religion: My point isn’t whether Sikhs are peaceful or not, individuals come in all shapes and colors. The level of violence against women, against female fetuses, and often against one another, doesn’t seem to me that we are a particularly ‘peaceful’ people and should be so glib with our descriptions. Moving from Sikhs to Sikhi – I hope we never […]
For example, “looking different” has led me to “look differently.” My Sikh identity has been linked to major moments in my life, and these unique experiences have shaped the way in which I view the world. — Simran Jeet Singh reflects on how his outwardly Sikh appearance has influenced his perspective and interaction with the world around him. Read his full piece at the Huffington Post.
From February 17-19, 2012, graduate students and experts in their fields will be assembling at California State University, East Bay in Hayward, California as part of Sikholars: Sikh Graduate Student Conference to present their studies on topics related to Sikhs and Sikhism. According to the organizers of the conference: The Sikholars: Sikh Graduate Student Conference was born out of repeated conversations with graduate students about the need for a collaborative effort to bring various expertises together to identify, analyze, and support […]
Pankaj Jain, on the Huffington Post, wrote recently about the difference between the faiths he categorizes as the “dharma” traditions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism) and the Abrahamic “religions” – particularly Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Unfortunately, the way in which Jain compares the two categories is problematic, and in the process, the article misrepresents Sikhism. For a discussion on what “dharma” means in the Sikh context, see a recent post put up for discussion at sikhchic.com. Below, I will extract […]
Dya Singh is a Sikh musician from Australia who is well-known for his powerful and uplifting style of devotional and world music. As a Sikh who had taken the initiation ceremony (the taking of Amrit), he never cut his hair. However, in an essay he wrote (which was recently reprinted on sikhchic), he describes his reaction to having had his leg shaved for surgery. He included the following quote from a piece by I.J. Singh: India has produced many new religions like Jainism, Buddhism and Sikhism. […]
I was recently contacted by Navjot Kaur, who is an educator and an author of children’s books about Sikhs and Sikhism (she is the author of the well-received A Lion’s Mane). Her interest in educating about Sikhism is both a professional and personal one, as she is also a mother to a Sikh boy. With the approach of Vaisakhi, Navjot Kaur found it challenging to find suitable resources to educate and engage school-aged children on this historical event: While I maneuvered through […]
A recent study profiled on Time Magazine’s website correlates church goers with higher rates of obesity: So researchers at Northwestern University sought to find out how attending religious events is associated with weight gain over time. They analyzed data from the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults study, which followed more than 2,400 people aged 20 to 32 for 18 years. Over that time, the scientists reported at an American Heart Association conference, people who went to church or […]
An interesting article in Canada’s National Post presents a comparison of religion above and below the 49th Parallel: Competition, innovation and entrepreneurialism, all qualities normally associated with business, may explain why the United States is more religious than Canada, and determine the future of organized religions in our country, says a leading sociologist. The article summarizes an upcoming book by Reginald Bibby called Beyond the Gods and Back, in which he presents some interesting statistics: The United States is considered one […]